The 3rd CND intersessional meeting for the 63rd session will be held from 19th October to 21st October at the Vienna International Centre, Board Room C. The meetings will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. In light of social distancing requirements as well as possible restrictions on in-person participation at the time of the meeting, the thematic sessions will be held as a virtual or blended (virtual and limited in-person participation) meeting.

Interpretation will not be available during the meetings. The meeting will be webcast.

Provisional agenda:

1. Thematic sessions on the implementation of all international drug policy commitments, following-up to the 2019 Ministerial Declaration.

a. Thematic session 1: Drug treatment and health services continue to fall short of meeting needs and deaths related to drug use have increased; and the rate of transmission of HIV, the hepatitis C virus and other blood-borne diseases associated with drug use, including injecting drug use in some countries, remains high (19 October 2020)

b. Thematic session 2: The adverse health consequences of and risks associated with new psychoactive substances have reached alarming levels (20 October 2020)

c. Thematic session 3: The availability of internationally controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, including for the relief of pain and palliative care, remains low to non-existent in many parts of the world (21 October 2020).

2. Other business.